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My Thoughts on Hanover: Movie Theater, Proffers, ‘High Density’ Housing, FOIA Requests

There are a lot of hot button issues my friends and colleagues in Hanover are working on. And if you live in the county these things all have some impact on you, no matter who you are or where you live.

I have not been aggressively active on some of these items because I find it hard to be both pro property rights and against what a property owner may do with their property. On the one hand some of these items are going to have a negative impact on me and especially on the taxes we all pay. So I get the opposition to some of the growth. But on the other hand, we are trying to tell the owner of the property what they can and can’t do with their land. And as part of the Agenda 21 and EPA resistance, I am unable to reconcile these two things.

Others can.

More crime, more traffic, higher taxes and a continued erosion of our way of life in Hanover is certainly a valid tipping point on the scale. And I have no argument with my friends that are working to stop this undesirable impact. And believe me, I really don’t want a Movie Theater walking distance from my house. My wife and I don’t even go to the movies and wouldn’t patronize the facility anyway. I am perfectly content to wait until something comes out on Blu-ray or even Netflix or one of the movie channels I subscribe to. So for me, there is absolutely no up side to having a theater right down the street. So for those opposed, by all means continue your efforts. The opposition is a necessary obstacle to ensure the folks approving or disapproving the plan understand the negative side of approval. And when they decide to raise taxes to pay for more police and deal with the additional traffic the Board of Supervisors members voting to approve the theater were warned. No doubt that the additional revenue will be needed to fund our schools, but the truth is our taxes will go up because the things they approve cost us more. If we didn’t have to hire several more police officers we could have used that money to buy computers or books. And we all know they will use the children.

And as far as the removal of proffers, I have always seen these as bribes paid to government officials that allow them to cost justify development that would otherwise be a really bad idea fiscally. Proffers would have been a bit more palatable if the money paid actually went to pay for the impact of the development. But it simply went to pay for other things that we most likely would have eliminated as unnecessary were it not for the proffer “mad money”. Like $41.25 per hour crossing guards.

We already have at least one mathematically challenged member of the Hanover Board of Supervisors, Chickahominy Supervisor Angela Kelly-Wiecek. I have read with much amusement her justification of high density apartments based on the taxes the property would pay. Now I was a Nuclear Engineer in the Navy and have a pretty firm grip on math, but you don’t have to have special training to completely refute her projected numbers. Add in a bright shiny object like proffers and Kelly-Wiecek is rendered arithmetically inert.  And her “Yes” vote is ultimately the first vote cast for higher taxes.

And Kelly-Weicek’s lack of math skills aside and her laughable justification for the fiscal soundness of high density apartments put in the shredder where it belongs, I question the fairness of turning down approval for a land owner’s desired use of the property. If it were a pig farm in a subdivision that would be one thing.

The fact remains. If Hanover approves a high density apartment complex or a theater it will cost money we don’t have. Even with a proffer bribe taxes will eventually have to be raised to pay for the additional police, fire and infrastructure. It would be refreshing if the “Republican” members of the Board of Supervisors would simply admit approval will lead to higher taxes instead of playing math games. Honesty would be a refreshing change.

And speaking of honesty, the latest issue in Hanover concerns Freedom of Information Act requests. Apparently Hanover County thinks it is completely justified in scattering information that belongs to the citizens into the wind and then charging a small fortune to citizens requesting this information because their irresponsible handling of data takes several hours to access. And some of it cannot be accessed at all by the county.

Which brings up another aside. Why in the hell are we paying a county attorney over $100,000 more then the Commonwealth of Virginia pays the Attorney General? Who is responsible to ensure that the county is preserving public records properly? Has the County Attorney failed the citizens when we find that it takes more than a full day to search for emails between county officials? And how could the person responsible for advising and ensuring the county complies with the law not blow the whistle over county officials and employees conducting county business via personal email?

Hanover citizens are not getting their money’s worth with the County Attorney. Perhaps an ex-Crossing Guard would be more competent. (If you are not aware of this debacle you need to read this story.)

So just how well is Hanover being run? And how honest is the County Government?

I would say “not very” to both.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

3 Responses to “My Thoughts on Hanover: Movie Theater, Proffers, ‘High Density’ Housing, FOIA Requests”

  1. John Louis says:

    Your comments are right on as usual, sir. The whole dxmn thing is a SCAM! With a county attorney making $100,000 more than the attorney general of the whole state of VA and another making HA gov’t employee making $54/hour, there’s no wonder there’s always a constant push for bigger gov’t, ‘more revenues (aka higher taxes)”, growth/development, fuzzy math by reps like Wiecek, lack of transparency, and complete and udder incompetence. God help us ALL!

  2. Debbie says:

    Tom, Nice job cover some hot topics! The one thing I want to comment on is the movie theater and the issue of land rights. The issue of property rights IS central to this topic. But, many people fail to recognize the fact that this isn’t just about the land rights of the property owner where the theater would be built. Movie Theaters are a kind of business that require a Conditional Use Permit (CUP). A CUP is used with businesses like a movie theater specifically to protect the property rights **of the surrounding community** because it is a kind of business (like an Adult movie theater, a shooting range, etc.) that is known to have negative impacts on the surrounding community.

    Take, for example, agriculture land adjacent to our subdivision. The current land owner cannot simply build a shooting range there “because he wants to and it’s his land.”

    Please take a look at our Position Statement for details on the language used in the Virginia Code related to Conditional Use Permits and their purpose.

    Theater Not A Simple Yes/No Decision
    http://hanoverliving.org/theater-not-a-simple-yes-or-no-decision/

    Position Statement
    http://hanoverliving.org/documents/

  3. Debbie says:

    Tom, Nice job cover some hot topics! The one thing I want to comment on is the movie theater and the issue of land rights. The issue of property rights IS central to this topic. But, many people fail to recognize the fact that this isn’t just about the land rights of the property owner where the theater would be built. Movie Theaters are a kind of business that require a Conditional Use Permit (CUP). A CUP is used with businesses like a movie theater specifically to protect the property rights OF THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY because it is a kind of business (like an Adult movie theater, a shooting range, kennel, etc.) that is known to have negative impacts on the surrounding community.

    Take, for example, agriculture land adjacent to our subdivision. The current land owner cannot simply build a shooting range there “because he wants to and it’s his land.”

    Please take a look at our Position Statement for details on the language used in the Virginia Code related to Conditional Use Permits and their purpose.

    Theater Not A Simple Yes/No Decision
    http://hanoverliving.org/theater-not-a-simple-yes-or-no-decision/

    Position Statement
    http://hanoverliving.org/documents/

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